Jacob Returns to Bethel
God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there and build an altar there to God.”
Jacob said to household, “Get rid of all your foreign gods, purify yourself and change clothes.”
Jacob said then come up to me in Bethel, I will build an altar to God in the day of my distress.
The people gave Jacob their gods, rings in their ears–were buried under the oak at Shechem.
As they left, the terror of the towns were all around and no one pursued them.
Jacob and his people were in Luz (Bethel) in the land of Canaan and built an altar to God.
Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse died and was buried under the oak outside Bethel.
After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him and blessed him.
God said your name is Jacob but will be changed to Israel.
God said, “I am God almighty, be fruitful and increase in number.’
God said, “Nations will come from you and kings will be your descendants.’
God said, “The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give to you.”
Jacob set a stone pillar where God had talked with him; he poured out a drink offering on it.
Jacob also poured oil on it where he talked to God; he called it Bethel.
The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac
They moved from Bethel a distance from Ephrath and Rachel gave birth with great difficulty.
The midwife said, “Don’t despair, you have another son.”
Before Rachel breathed her last, she named her son, Ben-Oni; the father named “Benjamin.”
Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath or Bethlehem.
Israel built a tomb with a pillar on it that marked Rachel’s grave to this day.
Israel moved on again. Reuben slept with Bilhah and Israel heard of it.
Jacob had twelve sons. From Leah: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun.
Jacob had two sons. From Rachel; Joseph and Benjamin.
Rachel’s servant Bilhah: Dan and Naphtali.
Leah’s servant Zilpah: Gad and Asher.
Jacob returned to Mamre where Abraham and Isaac stayed.
Isaac lived 180 years; his sons: Esau and Jacob buried him.